Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Late start tomorrow

Due to a union meeting tomorrow morning (Wednesday, November 21), school will start at 11am. Buses will run as normal. There will be supervision in the College library for any students who are at school.

Equestrian at St Kevin's College

St Kevin's College is looking to lease horses for 2019. Horses need to be capable of Equestrian Events including Show Jumping and Dressage and need to have good temperaments. These horses will be ridden by three riders from Germany over the course of the year. St Kevin's College will meet the costs for dental and farrier work as well as winter feeding and medical costs throughout the year. Horses will be vet checked at the beginning of the lease and at the end of the lease period to ensure soundness. We are also looking for lease horses for less capable riders.

Please contact Jo Walshe 0278401330 if interested.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Our second group of campers returned from Lake Middleton today, looking a little jaded but none "worse for wear".  Thank you to the staff and helpers who accompanied the two groups, using your knowledge and skills to inspire the students in one of the most majestic outdoor settings. On behalf of students and whanau, a big thank you for your commitment to this programme at a time when many schools are retrenching.
This week the sound of heavy equipment has echoed around the grounds as MCM Contracting completed phase one in the turf installation. A thin layer of asphalt has levelled the rough surface ready for the second phase which involves the underlay and turf being laid later this month. The final section will be complete early next year. Please note there is still turf left over in the old handball courts. Anyone from the community is free to help themselves to these sections of old turf.

Finally, preparations are underway for the White Ribbon Rider's visit next week. On Tuesday there are a number of students participating in a video production competition to be held at Waitaki Boy's High School. The project is about Family Violence and is supported by the Etu Whanau, Schools, Youthline, Safer Waitaki, Waitaki District Council, Stones Throw Productions, Waitaki Multicultural Council and Oamaru Police. We wish the students all the best with this venture.

May God bless you all
Paul Olsen, Principal

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thank you from the Cuban Ambassador

We received another encouraging message this week from Cuban Ambassador Mr Mario Alzugaray Rodríguez, who visited us on October 31:
"Many thanks again for all your support. You guys [SKC] are responsible for one of our best days in our three years in NZ. We feel really grateful!"

Click here for more photos of the event from Mrs B.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Soap and Lip Balm Making

On Monday, Year 7 pupils from St Joesph's School enjoyed soap and lip balm making as part of their technology class at St Kevin's College with Mr Simpson.  Here are some pics of the finished products.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Images from the Year 10 Camp

The weather is holding for our first group of campers at Lake Middleton. 
They are challenging themselves with the kayaks, mountain bikes and biscuit. 


Friday, November 9, 2018

Hostel High Tea

Hostel High Tea

On Monday evening Hostel students, staff and a large number of parents joined together for the Hostel High Tea that was held before the senior prize giving at school.
This was a formal occasion and was the last time the full hostel would meet together as senior students finished school and prepared for their exams.
A great meal was enjoyed by all and Hostel Head students Molly and Quinn spoke and prizes were awarded to senior Hostel students. The following were recipients of awards:

Hostel Cultural Award : Charlotte Ramsay
Hostel Service Award: Molly Kay
Hostel Sports Award: Jack Andrew
Hostel Academic Award: Sarah Dodd

The departing Year 13 students were also presented with a small gift. A big thank you for all those who attended.

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Our graduation mass and prizegiving on Monday evening was a superb celebration of student achievement. The evening had an authentic family feel which we have come to treasure as part of our special character. Thank you Father Wayne for your wise words to graduating students and thank you also to the many staff and students who contributed to the success of the evening. I am particularly indebted to Mrs Walshe and Mrs Burton for the "behind the scenes" attention to detail which enabled the evening to flow so seamlessly.
As Principal, I am always trying to encourage students to strive for personal excellence. I was truly honoured to present the Dux plate to Levi Sherman.

We also farewelled our current Board Chair Mr Steven Bolstridge. We thanked for his devoted service to the College over the last 6 years.

Finally, I wish all those preparing for the year 10 Camp, all the best. We hope the weather holds for your time at Lake Middleton Lodge.

May God bless you all
Paul Olsen, Principal

Young Enterprise

The SKC Young Enterprise team have finished the year off with a well-earned 2nd in the Aoraki regional competition. The team took their recycled fire bricks to the final regional competition at Timaru's Ara on October 30th, where they competed against six other teams. After presenting their product to a panel of judges, the team won the Innovation Prize - $250 worth of Whitcoulls vouchers - and came 2nd overall for the Spirit of Enterprise, narrowly missing out on the national finals in Wellington. They were also the only group to sell products on the night.
The team, Year 13 boys Daniel Ruddle, Broady Taylor, Cameron Dodd and Liam Elliott, have had a prosperous year as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme, winning over $1600 worth of prizes as the various competition. Well done boys!
A big thank you to Mr Tim Hitchcock for his leadership, support and organisational help and to Mr Alan Grant for his help with the grinder that was used to make the bricks.

3D Printing of Bones

Year 10 Science students have been learning about Anatomy and joints this week. As part of their studies, Mr Seddon has created models of bones using the 3D printer. This students will then used a variety of materials including play dough and pipe cleaners to add cartilage, ligaments and muscles to the models. The models are made from PLA plastic and can take several hours to print.

A knee joint being created from PLA Plastic by the 3D printer.

A jaw bone and a foot bone model ready to go
River Cunningham uses pipe cleaners to build cartilage and ligaments
in the jaw bone model

Staff Appointment

Congratulations to Mr Mathew Harris who has been appointed as the Teacher of Social Sciences, Religious Studies and Guidance and support for 2019. Mathew is a familiar face to many as he was the student advocate in 2016 -7. Mathew has been training in the Masters of Education programme with the Faculty of Education at Otago University. We warmly welcome Mathew to our Staff.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Preparing for Year 10 Camp

Our Year 10 classes have all been to OIS this week, practicing kayak safety with Mr Haig before camp. Here’s a couple of photos.